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Rising Threats, Enduring Challenges

Readings in U.S. Foreign Policy

Edited by Andrew Price-Smith

Publication Date - 16 December 2013

ISBN: 9780199897636

432 pages
7-1/2 x 9-1/4 inches

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Balancing history, theory, and policy analysis, this reader uses classic and contemporary readings to help students develop an in-depth understanding of U.S. foreign policy


Bringing together the best articles in the field, Rising Threats, Enduring Challenges: Readings in U.S. Foreign Policy is a uniquely wide-ranging anthology that helps students learn how to analyze and critique complex foreign policy issues. Part One: Historical Perspectives provides a selection of pivotal historical readings, while the articles in Part Two: Theory and Grand Strategy illustrate key theories including realism, liberalism, bureaucratic politics, and political psychology. Part Three: Institutions and Processes includes debates on the influence of public opinion, interest groups, the media, labor, and business on U.S. foreign policy. Part Four: The U.S. and the World offers a special focus on bilateral relations between the U.S. and key countries--including Afghanistan, China, India, Iran, and Russia--and Part Five: New Domains looks at rising threats and challenges including cyber-attacks, nuclear proliferation, terrorism, energy scarcity, climate change, the Arab Spring, and imperial overstretch.

About the Author(s)

Andrew Price-Smith is Chair and Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science and Director of the Energy, Environment, and Security Project at Colorado College. He also served as Associate Advisor to the U.S. National Intelligence Council from 2008 to 2013. Dr. Price-Smith is the author of Contagion and Chaos (2008) and The Health of Nations (2001), and numerous other books and articles.


"Rising Threats, Enduring Challenges is a fantastic piece of work that definitely has a place in the field of American Foreign Policy and International Relations."--Leo J. Weeks, University of West Florida

"This is a thorough introduction to the study of American foreign policy that provides students with the analytical tools to understand current issues and debates in the field."--Joel. H. Westra, Calvin College

Table of Contents

    Farewell Address (1796), George Washington
    The Monroe Doctrine (1823), James Monroe
    Corollary to the Monroe Doctrine (1904), Theodore Roosevelt
    Fourteen Points Speech (1918), Woodrow Wilson
    The Sources of Soviet Conduct, "X" [George F. Kennan]
    Fireside Chat 19: On the War with Japan (1941), Franklin Delano Roosevelt
    Truman Doctrine (1947), Harry S. Truman
    Farewell Address (1961), Dwight D. Eisenhower
    State of the Union Address (1980), Jimmy Carter
    Remarks on East-West Relations at the Brandenburg Gate in West Berlin (1987), Ronald Reagan
    Graduation Speech at West Point (2002), George W. Bush
    Speech on Libya (2011), Barack H. Obama
    One World, Rival Theories, Jack Snyder
    Why We Fight Over Foreign Policy, Henry R. Nau
    Hypotheses on Misperception, Robert Jervis
    The Clash of Civilizations?, Samuel P. Huntington
    Public Diplomacy and Soft Power, Joseph S. Nye, Jr.
    The Age of Nonpolarity, Richard N. Haass
    Imperial by Design, John J. Mearsheimer
    Who Influences US Foreign Policy?, Lawrence R. Jacobs and Benjamin I. Page
    Foreign-Policy Advising, Patrick J. Haney
    The Relationships between Mass Media, Public Opinion, and Foreign Policy, Matthew A. Baum and Philip B.K. Potter
    The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy, John J. Mearsheimer and Stephen M. Walt
    Twilight of the Republic, Andrew Bacevich
    A Framework for Strengthening US Intelligence, Loch K. Johnson
    The Future of North America, Robert A. Pastor
    Morning in Latin America, Jorge G. Castaneda
    The Rise of China and the Future of the West, G. John Ikenberry
    India's Rise, America's Interest, Evan A. Feigenbaum
    The Russia File, Robert Legvold
    Tehran's Take, Mohsen M. Milani
    From Great Game to Grand Bargain, Barnett R. Rubin and Ahmed Rashid
    Globalization in Retreat, Roger C. Altman
    Capitalism, Nationalism, and the New American Empire, A.G. Hopkins
    The New Energy Order, David G. Victor and Linda Yueh
    Alternative Nuclear Futures, Steven E. Miller and Scott D. Sagan
    Arctic Meltdown, Scott G. Borgerson
    Risking Security, Ronald J. Deibert and Rafal Rohozinski
    The Black Swan of Cairo, Nassim Nicholas Taleb and Mark Blyth
    Al Qaeda's Challenge, William McCants
    Empire Falls, Robert A. Pape

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